Summer 2014 cruises..
17 October 2013
We have just accepted bookings for three very nice short cruises from Scotland, on board our old friend Discovery, but under the new management of Cruise & Maritime Voyages, with whom we have very much enjoyed working in the past. The first is ICELAND AND THE NORTHERN ISLES (D411; 11th-21st July), sailing from Greenock, with stops in the Faroe Isles, Eskifjordur, Akureyri, Isafjordur and Reykjavik in Iceland, Heimaey on the Westmann Islands and Kirkwall in Orkney before returning to Leith. Then there's NORTH CAPE & LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN (D413; 2nd-12th August), sailing from Leith, with stops at Hellesylt, Gravdal on the Lofoten Islands, Hammerfest, Honningsvag, Tromso and Alesund in Norway – a cruise we always enjoy. Finally there's a short trip to MAJESTIC FJORDLAND (D414; 12th-19th August), also from Leith, with visits to Andalsnes, Olden, Flam and Eidfjord in Norway to see the very best of the fjords. There's more information on my Cruise Bookings page here.
Cruise bookings 2014-15 UPDATED..
06 September 2013
In addition to the GRAND VOYAGE ACROSS THE ERYTHRAEAN SEA (19th November to 19th December 2013 on Voyager – see below), we have now booked to work on a leg of the World Cruise by Black Watch for Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. We will be on board from Cairns on 20th March 2014 to Singapore on 3rd April 2014, via Rabaul and Madang in Papua New Guinea, Kota Kinabalu in Borneo and Muara, Brunei. It promises to be an amazing adventure. Full details are on our "Cruise Bookings" page. We also have confirmation now of another cruise on Voyager for Voyages of Discovery – "From the Cape to the Canaries" in January–February 2015, including stops at St Helena, Ascension and Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands. It will be an amazing cruise, and again full details are on our Cruise Bookings page.
Cruise booking: Arabia and India..
08 April 2013
I'm delighted to have been booked again by Voyages of Discovery to lecture on Voyager on what should be an amazing cruise in November - December of this year. The overall trip is being branded as a "Grand Voyage Across the Erythraean Sea", but it can also be done as two separate cruises.
The first is called "African and Arabian Adventure" (18th November to 4th December). This starts from Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, before visiting Safaga in Egypt and Djibouti, then Salalah and Muscat in Oman, and on to Fujairah and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, where that leg ends. The second cruise. "Tales of India and Arabia" (3rd to 19th December) will be even more exciting for me. Starting in Dubai, it visits Abu Dhabi (also UEA), Khasab in Oman, then Porbandar, Mumbai, Marmagao and Cochin (all India) before moving on to Colombo in Sri Lanka, where the cruise ends. Full details are on my Cruise Bookings page.
Saving Species on Radio 4..
29 January 2013
Two interviews I recorded last year are currently scheduled for the BBC Radio 4 series Saving Species. The programme on Tuesday 5th February will feature an interview in Iceland about arctic foxes, recorded whilst we watched a gorgeous semi-tame but wild arctic fox cub that had befriended a local dog. The following programme, and last of the current series, on Tuesday 12th February is scheduled to include a report I recorded on the Caribbean island of Antigua about an amazing natural 'biodiversity hotspot' they have recently discovered there, on an island otherwise hugely changed by human activities. As both programmes are live, schedules can always change at the last minute.
Both programmes got out at 1102hrs on the Tuesday, repeated at 2102hrs on the Thursday evening. They can also be accessed via the Saving Species website here (as can previous programmes to which I contributed).